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, the largest loss of life in the history of the united nations on a single day. the united states has been there from the beginning, and the military has been great, the response by the state department and aid has been great. i just can't say enough about it, and the people in haiti know it, and i'm grateful. secondly, i'd like to thank president bush for agreeing to do this and for the concern he showed for haiti. you know, before this happened, my foundation worked with the pepfar people on the aids problems in haiti and i saw how great they were and what they did and how many lives they saved. finally, let me say that i don't have to read the website because they did, but i want to say something about this. right now, all we need to do is get food and medicine and water and a secure place for them to be, but when we start the rebuilding effort, we want to do what i did with the president's father in the tsunami area. we want to be a place where people can know their money will be well spent, where we will ensure the ongoing integrity of the process. and we want to stay with this over t
into the airport as well. >> there was the indication last night from the haitian ambassador to the united states that communication was very, very difficult with the haitian government. explain some of the challenges that poses to the obama administration, to all these agencies that want to get involved when it's very difficult it trying to find out exactly who you can talk to in haiti. >> well, the problem is you can bring supplies in but how do you distribute them? that allows you to coordinate first to find out where the needs are and, second, to have a system in place so you can get the food, the water, the medicine to where it needs to be. and that means getting communications equipment into the field, into the hands of people who can connect up with local officials, local public health authorities and local communities to figure out how to get the commodities that are flowing in into the hands of the people who need them. and then what you need to do as well is bring emergency generators in to begin to restore as much of the local certifica service as you can in this very difficult circums
for. the haitian prime minister tells sky news the death toll could top 100,000. the united states and united nations are reluctant to confirm that we're just now getting our first aerial pictures in. the united states has sent choppers now flying over port-au-prince. as you're seeing here, you're looking at some of the damage. again, we're told port-au-prince is the main epicenter of the damage where buildings have collapsed. especially dangerous these concrete buildings where the roofs themselves were made out of concrete cinder block. when they fall in they cause devastating injury and damage. in many of the slums, the shelters are mostly lean tos, flimy. jeff rossen monitoring from new york. year getting aerial pictures in, the first we're seeing. let's talk about the estimates. if you have the president predicting 100,000 -- >> one of the senators said 500,000. >> any way to confirm that? >> u.s. officials believe, of course, this is a catastrophe. i don't think there's any question about that. they don't believe the numbers will be that high. what's tough about this situation
earthquake in haiti. it is a humanitarian disaster that has the united states president obama promising quick action. >> i have directed my administration to respond with a swift, coordinated and aggressive effort to save lives. >> that was the president just a short time ago vowing to provide all the help the u.s. can provide to haiti. i'm tamron hall with special live coverage of the unfolding situation in that country and it is quite honestly a desperate and very chaotic scene and around the capital of port-au-prince, the latest we're getting into msnbc. just a short time ago the humanitarian group doctors without borders says all hospitals in the port-au-prince area have been either collapsed or they are at this moment ab abandoned. as we are hearing from haiti's president for the first time who says he believes thousands are dead. the international red cross estimates 3 million people have been affected by the earthquake but it may take weeks before the full extent of the misery is truly known. and in about a half hour, we'll get an update from the state department and military officials
an attack possibly here in the united states. we will have the breaking details just ahead. >>> hello, everybody, i'm david shuster live in new york. let's get the very latest on the situation on the ground in haiti. nbc's kerry sanders is at the airport in port-au-prince where a massive international relief effort is being staged. and kerry, what are you seeing right now? >> reporter: well, david, this is a makeshift ambulance here. americans are being evacuated out. nancy, who is from dallas, is among those who is evacuating out. first of all, your health, how are you? >> i have a pelvic problem but otherwise doing well. >> reporter: great. where were you when the buildings collapsed when the quake hit? >> we were in an eye clinic. >> reporter: so did anything collapse on you? >> oh, yes, a lot of concrete. a lot of concrete ceiling. >> reporter: how did you get dug out? >> several men finally took about two or three hours. two of our girls were completely covered. my upper body was still out. we have one critical, but she's doing good, getting good care now. >> reporter: nancy, tel
that are due here, bound here for the united states and, of course, also that intelligence review under way to take into account all of the different agencies and, david, they're all going to meet here tuesday in the situation room after the president returns from his vacation. the president is going to hear from them in person individually. david? >> speaking of the situation room, people may be confused. when we report on events, this bombing in pakistan, 40 killed at a volleyball tournament, how does information go from the situation room to the president? is there somebody who essentially represents the situation room with the president in hawaii, who keeps the president up to speed? >> reporter: the president has a full complement of staff with him in hawaii. of course another entity that has come under fire here was created after 9/11 by an upshot of the committee recommendations, the national terrorism center, that is supposed to assimilate all the information and connect the dots, a phrase we're hearing again in the last few days as we heard after 9/11. all the information we're tal
of that country. as the united states an others make inroads routing out terrorists from afghanistan and elsewhere, they are finding a safe haven in yemen. john brennan, that individual you just saw there on "meet the press," he is the advisor here at the white house on homeland security. he had more to say about that incident and the larger terror threat this morning on "meet the press." >> clearly the system didn't work on that day because abdulmutallab should never have gotten on that plane with those explosives. every other day the system worked so far this year. we've thwarted attempts. but clearly the president wants to make sure we strengthen the system. it is not that the system is broken but clearly there are ways to improve and strengthen the system to make sure we put together various bits and pieces of information in a way that allows us to stop every single terrorist out there. >> reporter: david, the point has been made on some of these morning shows, "meet the press" principally, that in this case we're talking about the failure of the intelligence agency to share information. well,
. a large section of the united states is dealing with a record blast of arctic air. >>> plus, the manhunt is over. the suspect in a thanksgiving day family massacre in florida is now in custody. we are live with the details on how police finally captured their man. >>> also, it is a wallet-draining experience at the gas pumps. how high will gas prices go in the new year? >>> and the must-see movies in the new year. will a lovable ogre's return to the big screen be worth watching? >>> good morning, everybody. i'm david schuster in for alex witt. welcome to msnbc sunday. it is 11:00 eastern time, 8:00 in the pacific. here's what's happening right now. >>> but first up, al qaeda threatening americans overseas. an active threat has forced the closure of the u.s. embassy in yemen. the british embassy has also been closed. the suspect in the christmas day plane bomb attempt said that he got his marching orders from al qaeda operatives in yemen and today all 500 u.s. embassy employees there have been instructed to stay away until further notice and to remain inside their homes as much as possibl
. >>> the president of lynn university is demanding the united states do more to find the university's missing students and faculty. courtney hayes, britney, and they are sending a letter urging the government to find each american. the president of the university spoke about this yesterday. >> i join the families of the missing six contain a call of the whereabouts of the missing, the missing family member whether alive or dead must be returned to their loved ones. >> we spoke to the parents of the missing students early this week. they are also begging the government to step up the effort. president obama father to father, please send troops to the hotel montana. >> that man is len gengel, father of brittany and joins us by phone. len, your daughter's 20th birthday yesterday. i can't even imagine how difficult that was but how are you holding up? >> we're holding up, david. i want to thank you personally for getting that story out there. you folks have been wonderful. the american people need to understand this isn't just about the six missing lynn university people. this is -- there's 100 a
not on the no-fly list. >>> new rules went into effect for travelers flying to the united states from overseas. all passengers from or traveling through 14 countries considered high-risk are to receive full body patdowns and have their carry-on luggage opened and inspected. let's bring in tom costello. the new rules took into effect today. you were detailing how intense the security was, even yourself patted down head to toe. >> i was coming in from brussels, not on the list of countries that are considered high-risk. but nonetheless, perhaps an indication of what you can expect if you're traveling from one of those countries or even with enhanced security in europe. they did a patdown from my shoulder to my toes and around my waist. they had my open up my belt. the officer literally took his hands and felt inside my jeans around my waist, only my waist, but checking to see if i was wearing anything there. once we were on the flight the captain turned off the map about halfway across the atlantic ocean and 25 minutes or so before landing, all seat belts were secured and nobody was allowed to g
, this is a large community, one of the biggest concentrations of arab americans in the united states here in the detroit area. muslim americans out to say, essentially these acts of what abdulmutallab is accused of doing should not be done in the name of islam. said not in our name. said they were americans if abdulmutallab or people like him wanted to come and kill americans, they should kill them first. >> nbc's john yang. john, thank you very much. if anybody thought you saw a misspelling in the sign. you're right. it does say nigerians support persecution of terrorists, they meant to say prosecution. john, as always, we appreciate it. >> president obama ordered intelligence agencies to take a series of steps designed to streamline sharing of information and avoid the mistakes that led to the christmas day bombing attempt while admitting there is no foolproof way to keep america totally safe. the president said agency reports showed a lack of coordination as well as a failure to connect the dots despite having information needed to stop that plot saying he's not interested in the blame
him in this effort. a lot of activity in the united states as this effort to mobilize moves forward. in florida, the vice president will travel with the secretary of state of homeland security, janet napolitano. visiting the haitian-american community there, and also an air base serving as a staging area for a lot of the relief effort, and in haiti, secretary of state hillary clinton herself now on her way to haiti. she intends to meet with the president there. rene preval. ed pret finally spoke with him yesterday by telephone after two unsuccessful attempts in the aftermath of the earthquake. an illustration how difficult communications have been and getting through to haiti itself, alex. >> nbc, thanks, mike. >>> and george w. bush and bill clinton will let you know how you can help. check local nbc listings. >>> as we've reported, there are between 2 million and 3 million people right now in need of food, water, shelter and health care. nbc news chief science correspondent robert bazell joins us live from port-au-prince. with another good day to you, let's get things from you in
, counterterrorism officials on the ground in the united states were alerted to the name abdulmutallab on that flight manifest and they were going to question him when he landed at detroit. well, if his name was there, and it alerted them to the point that they were going to actually drag him aside and question him, why in fact was he then permitted to get on the plane in the first place. it was said he wasn't on the no-fly list. then why would those authorities want to question him when he landed in the u.s. it will be interesting to hear what the president has to say about that today. >> and jim, that very point suggests that there's an issue as far as, yes, trying to track people in the united states. they want to ask them questions when they meet with customs agents and whatnot once they land. it was almost as if they thought, well, that might be the problem, not that he might actually try to be a problem while he's trying to get here. >> reporter: that's right. one of the questions that intel people are asking is, if they thought that -- if he was a person of concern, wouldn't they think there s
about the airport situation. we know that aid is here in the united states. people are ready to bring in supplies. can they even land at the airport? >> that's one of the difficulties here. the airport luckily infrastructure wise is okay. the runways are okay. the problem is the control tower suffered damage and there's also an air traffic control issue as well. flights on a limited basis can get in there. that's good news the airports weren't damaged and they saved many people. military flights can most likely get in there. remember, there's a danger because you can military helicopters, relief helicopters, small planes in the area with very limited air traffic control. you don't want to see some kind of air disaster over port-au-prince where more people are killed. so the airport is open. the u.n. says the airport is operating but on a very limited basis at this point. >> jeff rossen, thank you very much. >> much of haiti's national palace has been flattened. again the palace was considered one of the sturdiest buildings in port-au-prince. at the top before the quake hit on the bott
osama bin laden blaming the united states and others for global warming. the voice is apparently calling for the world to boycott american goods and stopping, quote, the wheels of the american economy. nbc has not been able to verify if the voice is, in fact, bin laden's. >>> also developing now there is a growing chance that the obama administration may move the trial of mastermind of 9/11 out of manhattan. they announced khalid shaikh mohammed and others would be tried just blocks from the world trade center, not too far from here. at first new york city mayor michael bloomberg supported the plan but he changed his mind this week. >> the federal government could find a site that didn't cost a billion dollars, which using downtown will, and it will also impact traffic and commerce and people's lifestyles downtown and it would be great if we didn't do it. >> that prompted three other hig high-profile new york democrats, senators charles schumer, gillibrand to make their concerns public. last night a justice department official told nbc news that it is looking into contingency plans. we'l
the congressional budget office. in an earlier report it shows the united states will be running a $1.350 billion deficit this year. under the president's plan $447 billion in spending would be targeted. that accounts for about 17% of the total budget. the freeze is designed to save $250 billion over the next decade. and the spending crackdown would be limited to discretionary items, money for the military, homeland security and veterans programs would not be affected. this new effort to rein in spending comes as president obama and the white house redirects their attention to jobs, fiscal discipline and the economy ahead of his first state of the union speech tomorrow. in an interview with abc's diane sawyer, the president said he realizes that there may be a price to pay for making the tough decisions. >> i'd rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president. and i believe that. there's a tendency in washington to think that our job description of elected officials is to get re-elected. that's not our job description. >> talking points memo senior reporter kristina j
many different governments trying to help the united states greatly leading the way here without haiti having an effective government, you have to have someone, it seems to be the u.s., get control of this and make sure these supplies get out to those people. still ahead, more on the crisis in haiti. we're going to talk with an american doctor trying to get in touch with family in the disaster zone and on their way to help. >> plus we're also keeping an eye on the other news today. there's new intelligence that suggests al qaeda may be planning another attack against the united states. former homeland security secretary tom ridge will join us. you're watching msnbc. i've set up this simulation so that we, the donalds, can practice against the mannings before the big race. great idea. terrific. [ splash ] you just lose to a piece of cardboard. ♪ and over probably isn't giving results you want. introducing neosporin ® lip health™. shown to restore visibly healthier lips in just three days. new neosporin ® lip health™. rethink your lip care. >>> democrats in congress back at the w
from across the united states are volunteering after a call went out by that nation's largest nurse's organization, national nurses united working on a plan to get the first group of health professionals into haiti. >>> faa put a stop to american flights leaving the united states to head to port-au-prince at least temporarily. there are too many planes circling the island and not enough air traffic control to bring them in. more on that story from peter alexander. how long are they expecting to keep these planes in the united states grounded. >> the faa right now to try to gather new information. we know it's going to last until 2:00 p.m. eastern time, right now. one of the problems is overcrowding at that airport. i guess the best way to put it, there's not enough people to get everything off the tarmac now. the military flights with generators, water purifying pills, medicine, they have the priority to land. at one point there are 11 flights circling the island, the nation with really no place to go. one of the fears is because there's no jet fuel available, there is a fear if the
of the united states government, but ultimately not analyzed correctly and was not put in a place where this person would have ended up on a no-fly list. the president is angry about that and wants these intelligence and homeland security officials to do better. i think that's the tone we'll hear from the president today. >> savannah, to that point, we just had a heated conversation with a republican strategist who agrees with dick cheney and michael steele saying this administration and the democrats have been soft on terror. might we hear some agregression from the president meeting those critics advising john brennan over the weekend shows? >> reporter: i don't know if he'll take that on in this speech. for everything i've heard about this statement, is that it will be focused really on what happened on christmas day, and not on this larger issue. behind the scenes, the administration's been pretty aggressive pushing back on that criticism by cheney, that somehow they're soft on the war on terror or don't know we're at war, as the former vice president allege. they point out, of cour
a phone call from the house democratic leader and he asked me to consider to run for the united states senate seat in the state of north dakota. i asked him very point-blank, is this an official ask. he says, yes, it is. i'm flattered. i'm honored. i can't say that i'm even considering it right now. >> but he didn't say he's not considering it. so you want to be sure to stay tuned for "the ed show," tonight at 6:00 p.m. eastern. we know that ed is going to interview senator byron dorgan, who, again, announced he will not seek another re-election to the senate. 6:00 p.m. on msnbc, the place for politics. >>> oh, he's back. rush limbaugh returned to the airwaves today for the first time since a heart scare sent him to the hospital in hawaii. from the sound of things, he's fully recovered. >> boy, am i glad to be back. and folks, have you noticed what happened? my first day back, how many democrats have now quit? how many democrats have -- five or six. five or six have said no mas. no mas. there will be more. we'll talk about that. >> oh, yes. rush limbaugh takes a break and democrats thr
really meant. but again it's this question of how do we handle people who try to attack the united states. it does sound more like what we think of as war. and that's their concern. there was this extraordinary scene at the arraignment today. it looked almost like a war zone, if you will. there was a security perimeter. there was a watch tower. so it's not how our criminal justice system is really equipped to work. can we do it sometimes? yeah. but if this becomes a routine thing, it's really going to stretch our justice systis tis. >> michael, follow up on your answer to alex using the phrase the war on terror. i'm not sure how i follow if that makes us any difference. how does it make us any safer if the president uses war on terror or war on al qaeda or war on hamas? >> as i said, i actually criticized both presidents. i think president bush called everything the war on terror, including the war in iraq, which dominated his whole administration. and in my view, that war had nothing to do with the war on terrorism. on the other hand, i think to put your head in the hand and not call maj
want the government to realize the message a that they are sending to every other united states citizen. when these kids come and they want to do mission programs and they go to their parents and say mom, dad, i want to reach out. i want to help across the world. i think that there's a real good chance here that the parents are going to say no way. look at what happened to those lynn university students. never came home. and nobody went there to help and we didn't give it our all. i think it is going to have a long-term effect on the state of our humanitarian missions in the future. >> john, i wonder if you might tell bus christine and how you imagine she is holding up and what she is thinking now. >> christine is a survivor. i think they are holding up fine. they know they are going to get saved. you know, all of these girls, you know, they are givers. they chose to go haiti. this was -- they could have done anything on this. they wanted to go. you know, they know they are coming home. we know they are coming home. we just need, as everyone said, we need the government to take over the
-bound aircraft. the american and british embassies in yemen have now been closed down today. the united states government cites an active al qaeda threat. the suspect in the christmas day plane bomb attempt says he got his marching orders from al qaeda in yemen, an emerging front in the war on terror. we've learned general david petraeus paid a surprise visit to yemen meeting with yemeni officials and meeting with u.s. military commanders. petraeus says the united states will double counterterrorism aid to yemen this year. >>> president obama set to return to washington tomorrow ahead of a tuesday meeting with top national security officials on the series of failures that allowed the bomb suspect to board a plane, armed with explosives. joining us now live richard wolf, an msnbc political analyst. richard, the developments in gemmen are intriguing regardless of what's fueling them. let's go through the possibilities. general petraeus meets with yemeni leaders yesterday. today they decide to announce there's an active al qaeda threat. is it possible that maybe this is because general petraeus m
of action or get some sort of help in taking action against the united states? >> yeah. the saudis are very concerned about this, and it's one of the features of the area, nobody even knows exactly where the border is. some of the successes we've had have been through the saudis for taking this issue very seriously, trying to crack down on movement across the border, but it's even bigger than that because as you know there's also -- yemen is on the coast, the red seacoast, and there's all kinds of movement back and forth between yemen and the horn of africa. so it's a very difficult problem to contain, very porous borders, bad actors going back and forth, you name it, it's just a big problem. >> and mike viqueira mentioned the instability of the yemeni government there. how concerned are u.s. officials about the ability to -- of the yemen government to essentially crack down itself, or maybe even the inability to be able to take the resources of the united states and put them to good use in their own country? >> yeah. unfortunately, the central government controls the capital sana and that'
for airline passengers coming into the united states from overseas, not every country apparently is onboard with it. some say they have to review the new measures before putting them in effect. nbc's tom aspell joins us now from london. tom, give us more specifics on which countries are wanting to review this and what are their specific concerns? >> airports all over europe stepped up security on flights to the united states. primarily with pat-down body searches. passengers boarding flights in sear yeah, leb zmon libya say there has been no real increase in security. now, airports around the world are considering ways to introduce body scanning machines to check passengers for explosive devices or weapons. there are privacy issues. the machine will somehow have to comply with local laws protecting images of children, for example. one or two countries on the list of 14 nations signaled out for special checks are complaining. saudi arabia and algeria and pakistan all say that it is an insult for their nationals to be on under suspicion. it is unclear what measures the united states will take
from different points across the united states. they include the following ships, gopher state, the pet petersburg, and the cornhusker state as well as the cape may to give you a sense of what these ships are capable of doing or what their lift capacity is, one of them is a high-speed passenger and vehicle ferry, another one say crane ship, based in norfolk, virginia. yet another crane ship and then an offshore petroleum discharge tanker in california and cape may is a sea barge clipper class vessel, essentially it is a characteristic cargo barge and also can carry huge sections of causeway. so, the u.s. maritime administration now dispatching five more ships to haiti to help with this massive relief effort. back to you. >> tom costello in washington with the latest. thank you, tom. >>> bringing in food, water and medicine to the earthquake victims, of course you've heardb it's been a logistical nightmare and humanitarian workers have been xlining that deliveries are falling far short of the overwhelming demand. joining us from skype out of haiti is maggie boyer. we keep hearing about t
in places like amsterdam, in europe and on flights that are bound for the united states, chris. >> there's also, mike, as you know, a new snag in the confirmation process of president obama's nominee too head the tsa, erroll southers, what can you tell us about that? >> reporter: that confirmation had been voted out of the committee on the senate and was due to be held on the senate floor, but there was a hold put on by conservative senator from south carolina, jim demint. he was concerned that southers would encourage the unionization of the transportation security agency, of course, that is another entity that was created in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. but now some new information. mr. southers, while an fbi agent, some 20 years ago ran a law enforcement background check for his own personal purposes. his estranged wife's boyfriend, he ran a check on, and apparently, initially, he kept some of that information from the committee. now there's something of a controversy. the white house as recently as yesterday is standing behind this nominee, erroll southers, to be the head of the tsa
. so i urge the president of the united states, i urge my colleagues, now 59 of them, to say, stop. start from the beginning. sit down and work for america. do what's been done in the past, time after time after time. where we sit down and negotiate in good faith efforts. so far that has not happened despite the promises that the president made during his campaign. so i urge my colleagues together to say we've got to stop this process. we've got to stop this unsavory sausage making chicago style that's been going on and we have to sit down and open a honest negotiations with the american people and fix the health care problem which we can do together and that's what the american people wanted to do. again, i thank my colleague from north dakota. i yield the floor. >> senator john mccain on the floor of the u.s. senate. again the key word there was good faith. a lot of democrats, even those at the white house, don't believe the republicans negotiated in good faith and see too many republicans as interested just in accumulating political power by killing health care reform. so a bit
, where abdulmutallab is from, and yemen, where he told the united states authorities he was trained by al qaeda operatives. also on the list, iraq, afghanistan, pakistan and saudi arabia. plus, iran, syria, sudan and cuba considered state sponsors of terrorism. chuck shumer said if officials in those countries do not do their part in screening for threats, u.s. carriers should not fly there. >> the terrorists are smart. they know where security is good. they know where security is lax. and of course, they seek the weakest link. >> joining us from washington is nbc's tom costello. tom, let me ask you, have you heard any reaction from the comments made by senator schumer, especially from the airline industry? >> no, not yet. let's keep in mind that the airlines themselves have been pressing for tough security over the years. this is not like the airlines want to go without security. they want tough security. it's their passengers, their crews and their aircraft that are in danger. let's make one point very clear for people. we're talking about these 14 countries. as we mentioned, they inclu
two days. for that matter, feel it anywhere in the lower united states, lower 48 that is, the weather pattern stopped. what have you today is likely what you're going to experience the next four, five days in a row because the weather pattern literally has come to a halt. we're going to see snow on and off the next 48 hours. 6 to 12 inches from bangor, maine, through burlington, portland, maine up to six inches. boston, we knocked you down a little bit. we are thinking three to sixt now it looks probably more or less two to four. the other big thing is the temperatures. i want to put this in perspective. this morning, fargfargo, north dakota h. a record low of 34 degrees. negative 34 is cold. to put it in perspective, if you put an icicle on your front porch, would you have to warm it up 66 degrees to melt that piece of ice. that's how cold it was in the morning plains. think of the movie "fargo" when you think about this. it hasn't improved with windchill warnings in duluth. you live in duluth, you're hardy. you're used to bad winters. you're seeing one today. even as far south as sa
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: that's correct, jeff. we've seen the president of the united states twice since this disaster unfolded 48 hours ago, both times outlining the logistical efforts on the part of the united states, military, civilian as well as regular citizens and ngos based in the united states and calling for a compassionate response on the part of the american people outlining any number of times numbers you can call. visit if you're interested in giving any money. after you get over the search and rescue effort over the next 72 hours, both the president and first lady in comments today have said this will take months if not years to rebuild port-au-prince and the surrounding areas as well. $1 million the president says the u.s. will start now towards haiti. he is calling for more and leaves no doubt of the fact that it's going to require much more than that. today he appeared flanked by secretary clinton, by others, admiral mullen, who will be instrumental in this. the president also, from a public relations standpoint had the first lady made comments earlier today at the labor departm
that with words. >> it's tough for the president of the united states to say he's not the establishment. >> dan, what do you think? do you think it's time if the president wants to win back a lot of support from the people who put him in that office, does he though out the old state of the union rule back about getting up and say, here is what i'm going to do on health care, here is what i'm going to do on education, here is what i'm going to do on foreign policy, instead talk to americans about the economy, the pocketbook, the confidence they have not only in the financial system but about in government in general? >> contessa, it's very hard to do that in a particular setting. there's a script for state of the union speeches which is pretty well established. they are generally not remembered for their soaring rhetoric. they are remembered mostly they are a serious of programmatic paragraphs fought over for months. every president wants to elevate above that to the best of their ability but it's difficult to do that to do what you're talking about will take a much more sustained effort, one he
used to fly in high value terrorist suspects into the united states. the only lingering thing i would say is let's make sure it doesn't take place on stewart air a force base. we're changing it from gitmo to the united states because we want to show people it is an official process. every protection you would expect from a regular civilian courtroom, if we put this inside of a military base, even with civilian judges, civilian attorneys what the world sees is gitmo-lite. if we're taking it out of gitmo let's not transfer it to a military base. we need a location that's secure, safe, willing to host this venue and shows the world that we have not abandoned our values, that we are keeping to our values. >> thank you very much for the insight. >> thank you very much. >>. >>> now we're going to baltimore. the house gop members are gathered there for the third day of the annual conference. the highlight, of course, so far, the unprecedented televised back and forth between president obama and the house republicans. the president acknowledged fault on both sides and said the democrats haven
against the united states. he is now taking over essentially a key position that has previously been ouheld by zawahiri. >> the yemen government upset about the information not shared by the united states government what do you make of the apparent lack of cooperation? >> it's dot ye protest too much by the yemeni government. they don't have a central authority and they haven't always acted in unison with u.s. interests. i don't necessarily fault the u.s. with not sharing intel. there may be other reasons for not sharing it. one, fearing it might leak to terrorists themselves. the yemeny government knows full well the scores of british, american and other students studying in madras schools and they don't need the u.s. government to deny these people visas. >> the reports that the president wanted on reports yesterday. intelligence agencies compiling information. is there a key question you want answered right away? >> who makes it is decision for elevating from somebody to a watchlist to a no-fly list who is responsible for the fusion of intelligence? all of the different pieces of
: that's right. the president of the united states has a weekly radio and internet address saturday morning. it wasn't a leak or congressional testimony, he was getting out there saying it was aqap, as referred to on intelligence circles, al qaed n on the arabian peninsula, that nig nigerian man in the skies. the president had been on defense initially. it was three days before he said anything and in the meantime, republicans were attacking him for being soft on terrorism, not responding quickly enough, abolishing the term "war on terror" later, the president talked about the things he has done to fight terror, especially in yemen. >> i refocused the fight bringing to a responsible end to the war in iraq which had nothing to do with 9/11 attacks and dramatically resourcing our interests where al qaeda is based. i set a mission to dismantle al qaeda. we put unrelenting pressure on these extremists wherever they plot and train. >> reporter: later in that address, the president went out of his way to call for bipartisansh bipartisanship, end to partisan rancor when it comes to these
>>> after 30 years of representing the people of connecticut and the united states congress i will not be a candidate for re-election this spent. >>> senator christopher dodd, one of three big names in the democratic party calling it quits. what it all means for the future of the party and is this an opening for the gop. >>> what were they thinking? a security test gone terribly wrong. slovak authorities planted plastic explosives into a passenger's bag without his knowledge and without explaining the test to officials in rirld for several days. >>> was he invited or did he sneak in? the lawyer for the third person accused of crashing november's white house state dinner is speaking out. and there's new video of the man at the state dinner. >>> and is the blockbuster movie avatar secretly trying to tell us something? conservatives don't like the possible messages. liberals say, come on, enjoy the movie. the big picture starts now. >>> good afternoon, everybody, tamron. good to be with you. >> i'm tamron hall. two news stories off the top to tell you about. we start off with tha
against al qaeda? that country's government is pushing back against the united states today. we'll get a live report from yemen, nbc foreign correspondent richard engel. >> the latest on the deadly shooting rampage in st. louis. three people dead. police looking for answers. with additional thanks to susan page for "usa today" panel discussion. you're watching msnbc. you could buy 750 bottles of water. or just one brita faucet filter. - ( plinks ) - brita. better for the environment and your wallet. it doesn't cover everything. and what it doesn't cover can cost you some money. that's why you should consider... an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan... insured by united healthcare insurance company. it can help cover some of what medicare doesn't... so you could save up to thousands of dollars... in out-of-pocket expenses. call now for this free information kit... and medicare guide. if you're turning 65 or you're already on medicare, you should know about this card; it's the only one of its kind... that carries the aarp name -- see if it's right for you. you choose your doctor. yo
the country, whether julian bond, a call i got coming to the facility, attorney general of the united states, eric holder. anyone you want me to talk to, i'll be happy to do that. i've spent over the last couple of weeks working through health care. i spent a long time with him yesterday. we have a lot of work to do. i'll continue to do my very best for the state of nevada and the people of this country. i got a call last night, i was surprised he was up this late, from secretary salazar. he said, harry, you make sure you tell everybody you have done more for diversity in the united states senate than all the rest of the people put together. that's where we are. i'm going to move forward and help get health care done in the next couple of weeks. >> richard and jonathan, i want to take this broader. are we kidding ourselves, other people not in the same wording did not say similar things about barack obama when he was running and that he is an african-american who could be seen as someone who could assimilate and be comfortable for whites. >> they have been saying this all over time. they use
will have the full support of the united states in the urgent effort to rescue those trapped beneath the rubble. and to deliver the humanitarian relief, the food, water, and medicine that haitians will need in the coming days. >> nbc's mike viqueira joins us now from the white house with more on what the president had to say. mike, it is clear this white house wants to have a very swift reaction to this humanitarian crisis. certainly putting forward they are on top of this situation. what specifically can they do in coordinating this effort there? >> well, they are outlining a vigorous response and the initial hours we are only some 20 hours since the moment of the earthquake late yesterday in port-au-prince. with the chaos and confusion, some of the ghastly images we are already seeing coming out of port-au-prince, the u.s. is trying to mobilize but it is having -- going to have to happen relatively quickly. trying to get a massive amount of assets down there. you heard the briefers at the state department today talking about the lack of communication. yes, the carrier carl vincent
on your political hat, pat buchanan. pretend you're president of the united states. you're going into the situation room. where are you pointing the finger? what question are you asking? >> i don't know you point the finger but the questions you ask are what peter and i were talking about in the last segment, in go down the list of things this fella, he gets on board. he doesn't have any luggage. he's paying in cash. there are reports he was in yemen. there are cia reports. he's -- he's got no visa to just say -- would i ask him, look, here's all of the information. why did this not come up on some computer to at least give this guy a second look before he got on any airliner? as the president i think said this morning, there was human failure and there was system failure. so i think i would start around -- start with that particular question and go around the table. >> and if you go around the table, peter, and it's clear that somebody dropped the ball on this, does the president need to -- and i asked this question of chuck todd -- have some heads roll? >> you know, i think the
? we're talking about protecting the president of the united states. >> congressman, let's be clear. aren't we talking about politics, the reason democrats don't want to bring desiree rogers, it's a democratic white house, she's friends with the obamas. it's a lot easier to bring salahis than to force desiree rogers to take the fifth. >> we have secret service in front of us when they testified in december. it was very, very clear they took responsibility for a breakdown in security that these two people were allowed in. we did not know at the time that carlos allen also got into the white house. we later found that out and we're pursuing that as well. the sects understands it was a systemic problem within their ranks. >> congressman, thank you for your time. we greatly appreciate it. >> you're welcome. >>> is tiger woods on the road to recovery? woods reportedly in treatment for an addiction to sex. a live report from the location and find out if this puts tiger one step closer to staging a comeback to golf. >> can't wait to find out how we're going to learn that? tamron, did you c
us coffee, getting us coffee. look, he was a united states senator, equal to that of kennedy. i'm glad kennedy was offended. of course the former governor of illinois, not only is he not blacker than president obama, he's a lot dumber than president obama. i mean, what we have here is what america suffers from. and that is cultural conditioning, which, in essence, manifests itself by undervaluing, underestimating and marginalizing people of color. it's a 20th century mentality that we can't afford to drag into the 21st century. >> what i don't get is here was harry reid supporting the president. he was talking about how barack obama would make a great choice as the next president of the united states of america. i just don't get, joe, that people even have these conversations in private, i can't imagine using those phrases, even in private conversation. it just seems dumb. >> that's because you're a decent person. that's because you have a certain socialization -- >> is it also because of my age? i'm younger. >> yes. yes. it is generational. you have grown up in a generation muc
against the united states. this is a vague warning from intelligence reports, nothing firm at all, alex. >> all right, tom aspell in london. tom, thanks. >>> we are following some new and incredible developments in haiti. more survivors pulled from the rubble ten days after that devastating earthquake, but after those amazing rescues, the haitian government and the united nations say the search-and-rescue phase for survivors is now over. nbc's michelle kosinski is live for us in port-au-prince with more. so, michelle, with another good morning to you, it's a tough pill to swallow for many, because even just yesterday you had these two pulled alive from the debris, and now today a different focus. >> reporter: yeah, absolutely. i mean, every day we're just in disbelief, almost, to hear about these rescues. they have happened every single day since the quake. we're waiting to see if somebody might be found alive today, maybe by a group of local people digging by hand. it just continues to defy the imagination. and when you hear a 21-year-old man yesterday, an 84-year-old woman pulled out
as a shadowy double agent for jordan and the united states before he committed the ultimate betrayal. nbc's jim maceda is in kabul, afghanistan, with more. jim, what's been the reaction as we learn more about this man's background and what he apparently had planned? >> reporter: well, that's interesting, tamron, because he is a shadowy figure but he certainly was not an unknown figure. i'll explain why in a second. the details are emerging. they're not coming officially from the cia. the cia is still not speaking out about it but we're hearing from unnamed sources past and present officials that the gentleman we're talking about, this individual's name is a mouthful. a 36-year-old jordanian doctor by trade from the hometown of abu musaab al zarqawi, the iraqi leader back in 2006. now he was, again, well known. he was a leading fundamentalist blogger on a number of al qaeda websites and went by another name. he was arrested by jordanian intelligence. he was already known on those blogs. he was believed by the jordanian intelligence to have been flipped by them, sent into afghanistan and into pak
improper comments." shortly after that, barack obama of course now the president of the united states, came out with his own statement where he says as far as i'm concerned, the book is closed. and many other african-american leaders have come out backing harry reid saying perhaps this was a poor word choice but citing harry reid's work in civil rights legislation and civil rights on the judiciary, african-americans on the judiciary in nominations that have come through the senate saying harry reid deserves a second chance on this. mike steele is another african-american leader in this country, of course on the other side of the aisle as chairman of the rnc. this morning he says there is a double standard and that reid should step down. >> there is this standard where democrats feel that they can say these things and they can apologize when it comes from the mouths of their own, but if it comes from anyone else it is racism. it's either racist or it's not and it is inappropriate, absolutely. >> reporter: now all this comes as harry reid was already in a great deal of political trouble, alex
, the united states of america stands as one to defend our country. absolutely. it's that same spirit of bipartisanship that made it possible for me to sign a bill that was co-sponsored by senator mccain and members of congress here today. we've stood together on behalf of our nation's veterans. together we passed the largest increase in the va's budget to provide better access and medical care for those who serve in uniform. some of you also joined democrats in supporting a credit card bill of rights and in extending unemployment compensation to americans who are out of work. some of you joined us in stopping tobacco companies from targeting kids, expanding opportunities for young people to serve our country and helping respond homeowners stay in their homes. so, we have a track record of working together. it is possible. but, john, as you mentioned, on some very big things we've seen party line votes that -- i'm just going to be honest -- were disappointing. let's start with our efforts to jump-start the economy last winter, when we were losing 700,000 jobs a month. our financial sy
the government to realize the message they are sending to every other united states citizen, when these kids come and they want to do mission programs and they go to their parents and say mom, dad, i want to reach out. i want to help across the world. i think that there's a real good chance here that the parents are going to say no way. look what happened to those lynn university students. they never came home. and nobody went there to help them. we didn't give it our all. i think lit have a long-term effect on the state of our humanitarian missions in the future. >> there are those that suggest that this is now a recovery effort and not a rescue effort. i wonder did a. >> 2340, no, no, no. it is not a recovery operation. they hear tapping. they hear tapping. the troops -- the rescue effort is still there. we are not giving up. our government needs to get down there and needs -- many, many days yet of recovery operation looking for survivors. there are survivors in that building. if they hear tapping, there is someone in there tapping and i want to know who it is. and get them the hell out of the
republicans. an extraordinary event as the president of the united states takes on all comers. in the wake of that, we're going right now to baltimore, the renaissance hotel where eric cantor is speaking. let's take a listen to what he says in the wake of the president addressing house republicans. >> begin to open their doors and invite republicans to participate in a discussion like we just had. obviously we heard differences, and there are differences. but as the leader just said, there are some things we agree upon. offshore drilling seems to be one that came up several times in there as well as the construction of clean nuclear plants of let's go ahead and do those things. let's do the things we can agree upon, set aside, perhaps, the things the president believes in that we philosophically don't. but if there's some common ground we ought to go ahead forward with those. i look forward to house leadership on the other side of the aisle follows the lead of the president and we can begin to see progress towards making things happen for the american people. >> let me say house republican
to the same threat level in the united states. the level that they have had there for the past few years, and it could be based on intelligence that the u.s. and britain have been gathering in yemen, where al qaeda may be planning further attacks on the west. alex? >> you no know, tom, looking here to see words about a possible female suicide bomber is being trained and sent out? do you know anything about that? >> reporter: it's a vague warning that intelligence reports from yemen suggests that al qaeda and the arabian peninsula may be training female suicide bomb toers try and enter the united states, but, again, no firm evidence that we are being made aware of any kind of attack like that is imminent. alex? >> tom aspell in london, thank you, tom. >>> meantime, a lot of stars united last night for a telethon to raise money for haiti. the two-hour "hope for haiti" telly cast featurerd some of the biggest names from film, sports even politics. many manning the phones while other performed. ♪ when you come by me it's like a little prayer ♪ down on my knees ♪ i want to take you ther
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